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Is sex safe during pregnancy?



Couples who are preparing for childbirth often have queries whether pregnancy sex is safe or not. Will it hurt the baby? Will it lead to complications? Is there a specific routine one should follow?

Here are answers to most of the common questions related to pregnancy sex:

Is sex safe during pregnancy?

Yes, sex during pregnancy is totally safe unless your doctor suggests you otherwise. Most women think sexual activity or movement may harm the developing baby. But actually, the baby is totally safe as it is protected by the muscular walls of the abdomen and uterus. The amniotic sac is filled with fluid that further acts as a cushion to any external movement or resistance.

In fact, women who have sex and orgasms during the months of pregnancy tend to benefit rather than getting harmed by it. The release of calming hormones during sex and increased blood flow helps both the mother and the baby.

When should you avoid sex?

Your doctor may advise you not to have sex in case of a high-risk pregnancy. Some of the conditions may be as follows: 1: A risk of preterm labor 2: Multiple pregnancies 3: Any cramping, discharge, bleeding per vaginum 4: Risk of miscarriage 5: Ruptured membranes

Is it normal for sex to hurt during pregnancy?

Due to changes in your body that pregnancy brings, your cervix, vagina and clitoris becomes sensitive and even a slight stimulation may cause irritation, and sometimes, bleeding. While a mild sensitivity may cause pleasure, too much of it shouldn’t be left ignored or endured. It’s always best to be open about it with your partner. Sex is just one of the many ways to intimacy and love.

Why do you feel aroused or have orgasmic dreams during my pregnancy?

There is a visible spike in your estrogen levels and blood flow while you are pregnant. Due to this, many women may feel aroused and may have ‘wet dreams’ in the night. There is nothing to feel shy about if you experience the same; it’s a result of body changes during pregnancy.

Are there any unsafe sex positions during pregnancy?

There is nothing called unsafe sex position during pregnancy since your baby is well cushioned inside the fluid filled amniotic sac and the uterus. However, the growing belly might make a few positions uncomfortable for you. Your sore breasts and sensitive vagina may also make you strike off a few more positions. As long as you both communicate and are open to adjust and change, lovemaking shouldn’t be as tasking as you are imagining.

When can I resume sex after having the baby?

It is recommended that one should wait for about six weeks after the delivery. Your body needs time to heal from the fatigue, incisions, bleeding, changing hormone level, sore breasts, and the demands of the newborn. With so many changes, you’d usually not have the time to think of sex during the initial few weeks. However, women with low risks and interventions tend to resume their sexual activities before that.

It’s important to consult your doctor once to know what is safe for you.

With so many changes in your body, it’s okay if you want to stay sexually inactive during these crucial weeks. Sex is just one of the ways of intimacy. It’s important to be transparent and communicate to your partner and make him understand your situation. It’s totally a personal choice, and personal comfort and chemistry should be given the prime importance while you decide whether to have sex or not.

Disclaimer: Indian Health Bureau does not claim any responsibility for the information contained in this article. The information may not hold good for everyone. The post is for general awareness only and should not be construed as a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Please consult your doctor to know what is good for you.

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